We’ve all experienced it – we finish reading a page in a book and have no idea what we’ve read. For most advanced readers this is because we are tired or distracted. However, many young readers struggle with reading comprehension every time they read. They may “read” the passage perfectly but have no real understanding of the story. Reading comprehension is an important part of achieving full literacy. If your kiddo is struggling with reading comprehension, try some of the following activities.
They may not like to admit it, but children thrive on routine. When structure is built into a child’s day, it helps him know what to expect and thus experience a measure of security. Along with the typical daily routine of eating meals, dressing, and bathing, parents should also incorporate time for reading. Red Apple Reading suggests starting the following reading routines at home today.
When it comes to reading every child is different. For some children reading comes easily and they are happiest when they have a book in their hand. Other children may not find the act of reading to be difficult, but they simply do not enjoy it. There are also those for whom reading is a very real struggle. Your child may fit neatly into one of these categories or may be a combination of a couple. All parents can help their elementary students with reading regardless of the circumstances. Here is some advice to parents who wish to help their struggling or reluctant elementary reader.
Does it really matter what your child chooses to read? In a device driven culture, shouldn’t you just be happy he’s reading at all? While as parents we certainly don’t want to micro-manage our children’s reading habits, we think a good argument can be made for encouraging your kid to add a non-fiction title to his book selections. In fact, there are several compelling reasons why your child should include non-fiction texts in his reading repertoire.
Each afternoon parents check their children’s backpacks to determine what homework needs to be completed for the evening. Somewhere among the items listed one usually finds: read for __ minutes. While this task seems relatively straightforward, you may find yourself wondering what you should be doing to ensure this assignment is actually yielding the greatest benefit for your kiddo. Parents need not be over-involved in reading homework, but they can employ a few strategies to help their children get the most out of their book!